At least ten people were injured, three of them critically, after three crude bombs exploded on Saturday at a Hindu religious gathering outside Kantaji Temple in Dinajpur, Bangladesh, early Saturday, a police official said.
The attack follows the shooting and wounding of an Italian doctor working in the same region last month, and the earlier murders of an Italian and a Japanese citizen in separate attacks claimed by Islamic State.
The explosions happened at 1.15am when hundreds of devotees were watching a jatra (open air drama) in a temporary pavilion during the Rash Mela on the temple premises, Abdul Mazid, the officer in-charge of Kahalur police station, said.
The attack came after recent threats to the temple’s priest, urging him not to organise any religious gatherings, Mazid said.
Five people had been detained for interrogation, he said.
The bombs might have been planted in the ground as most of the injured persons suffered splinter injuries in the lower part of the body.
Bomb attacks on Hindu religious gatherings are rare in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.
The country has suffered a rising tide of Islamist violence over the past year. Four online critics of religious militancy have been hacked to death, among them a US citizen of Bangladesh origin.